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and we call it selling america short. [applause] i don't know about you, but i have had enough of tea party republicans like ted cruz. haven't you? [applause] those guys are too much. twisting the words of our founders to justify their own mean-spirited, shortsighted, pro-shutdown ideology. what senator cruz does not understand is that the patriots who founded new hampshire, the patriots who founded maryland, they did not pray for their president to fail. they prayed for their president to succeed. [applause]
and they didn't belittle intelligence. they did not belittle learning. the actually aspired to it and hoped others would as well. they did not appeal to america's fears. they brought forward american bravery. and they would never -- they never would have abandoned the war on poverty to declare a war on women, a war on workers, a war on immigrants, a war on the sick and hungry children. [applause] now i know, i know that people like mitch mcconnell and kelly ayotte -- [booing] i know they have been trying to distance themselves from the tea party ever since they nearly drove our country into default.
but the truth is, sadly, there is very little difference today between the tea party and so- called mainstream republicans. just ask carol shea-porter. just ask annie kuster. they see it every day in the now sadly unrepresentative house of representatives -- [applause] yes, there is very little daylight between the tea party and the republican party. think about it. both would have millionaires do less. cut taxes for multinationals. reduce social security benefits and medicare coverage, cut student loans, cut veterans benefits, invest less in education, invest less in affordable college, do less to combat climate change, do less on gun safety, do less on immigration, and keep people trying to survive on the minimum wage from ever earning another penny.
the only think they want more of the only think they want more of is rush limbaugh. [booing] rush limbaugh is not an applause line here in new hampshire, i see. but the real and serious question we have to ask one another, the question we have to ask one another as americans is this. how much less do we believe would be good for our country? how much less education would make our children smarter? how much less opportunity will allow the next generation to succeed? how many hungry american children can we no longer afford to feed? you know, on veterans day just last week, i had occasion to deal with some of our nations finest at the world war ii
memorial at our nations capitol. i was very humbled to be in the presence of four recipients of the congressional medal of honor. you know, my parents, like so many of yours, they grew up in the depression. they won the second world war. my dad flew three missions over japan. -- 33 missions over japan. my mom got a pilot's license to join the civil air patrol. [applause] our parents and our grandparents understood the essence that we share as americans and it is the truth that lies at the heart of the american dream. the stronger we make our
country, the more she gives back to us and our children and our grandchildren. they did not serve, fight, sacrifice, and in many cases die so their grandchildren to grow up in a country of less. they gave to us a larger and stronger country than that. a country of more. a country of more opportunity. a country of more freedom and more justice, a country we now have the ability to pass forward to our own grandchildren. stronger and better than we received her, if only we choose to do so. progress is a choice. job creation is a choice. in maryland, we have followed our president's call to make better choices so we can achieve better results. we have done more, not less to build a modern infrastructure.
we have done more, not less to create new jobs in these emerging new industries. we have done more, not less to improve our children's education and to make college more affordable for more families for years in a row. tuitioneezing college four years in a row. the result? the result? more jobs. there is no progress without jobs. last month we reached the milestone in maryland of having recovered 100% of the jobs we lost from the bush recession. [applause] and last year, we achieved the fastest rate of new job growth of any of the states in our region. not only do people now are in the highest median income in the nation and our state, but we are one of the top states for upward economic mobility, and for the last two years in a row, the u.s. chamber of commerce, hardly a mouthpiece for the modern democratic party -- [laughter] the u.s. chamber of commerce
named maryland number one for innovation and entrepreneurship. i share those with you because none of these things were the product of chance. they were the product of choice. hope drives belief. belief drives action. action achieves results. that is the sort of leadership that is moving new hampshire forward. that is the kind of leadership our country needs. that is why you'll have more democrats in new hampshire in 2014. [applause] and so, my friends, in conclusion -- not that it is ever over. america's work is unfinished, but in conclusion tonight, i want to share this final story. you know, i like to brag on my son. his name is william. he is 16. [applause]
and william was born a very old and wise soul from the first moment. i remember distinctly when he was about nine years old. we found ourselves at home, watching a history channel special, and it was about rosa parks and civil rights and the montgomery bus boycott. as william watched the story, he turned to me and he said, "hey, dad. back then" -- by which he meant sometime between the dinosaur and the paleozoic era -- he said, "back then somebody told you that some of you had to ride in the front of the bus and some of you had to ride in the back of the bus, and you guys actually listened?" [laughter]
and i said, you know -- i said, well, it is hard to imagine, but that was just the way it had always been. then he turned to me with the clear wisdom of youth, and he said, "dad, didn't you guys realize that you are all going to the same place?" [applause] the truth is, we are all going to the same place. and we are all on the same bus. new hampshire and maryland, california and mississippi, and we will move forward or slip back together.
we will succeed or fail together. and we will rise or we will fall together. and we cannot allow ourselves to become the first generation of americans to give our children a country of less. this is not a matter of wishing or hoping. it is a matter of believing and taking action. we are americans. we make our own destiny. it means that new hampshire must stand up. it means that maryland must stand up. it means that each and every one of us must stand up. it only takes one person and another and then another to stand up and say enough, enough. enough finger-pointing, enough obstruction, enough wasted time. let us achieve like americans again. let us lead like americans again. let us believe like americans again. in ourselves, in our nation, in one another. together, we can. together, we must. and together, we will. god bless you, new hampshire. [applause] ♪
>> ♪ we take care of our own we take care of our own wherever this flag is flown ♪ >> wow. [laughter] i want to thank all of you for coming tonight. this indeed is a record. the largest jefferson-jackson celebration we have had in over 10 years. thank you for being here. thank you to our sponsors. thank you to the staff. thank you all for coming. we will see you in a couple months. thank you all.
[applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> ♪ wherever this flag is flown we take care of our own ♪ ♪ >> thank you. thanks a lot. thanks for all you guys have done. thank you. hey, man. thanks a lot. hey, thanks. >> [indiscernible] [indiscernible]
all right. thanks a lot. good to see you again. you did a good job. >> it's a great crowd. >> thank you. >> [indiscernible] >> yeah? >> [indiscernible] >> thanks for listening. thanks for being here tonight. thank you. [indiscernible] >> thank you. thank you. nice meeting you. >> thank you. >> thanks for coming. [indiscernible]
>> hey, thank you. thanks. >> [indiscernible] >> yeah. >> i was really proud to be there. >> [indiscernible] very nice. >> thank you. thanks a lot. >> you are an inspiration. >> hey, thanks a lot. >> thank you very much. [indiscernible] >> glad you are here. thank you. >> thank you. >> [indiscernible] >> thank you guys. so, you know every block of the state? >> we do. >> thank you guys. >> [indiscernible] could you write something that we could put in the press?
>> i am just out of fort mchenry. >> thanks for coming up. >> hey, we've got it. thank you. >> [indiscernible] >> thank you. it is still a work in progress. it is a great city. >> [indiscernible] >> it is no longer fenway south. now it is -- >> [laughter] >> this extends to fenway actually, too. we are very proud of that stadium. >> you are always welcome. >> thank you. >> [indiscernible] >> ok. >> i wanted to talk to you about it, so --
republican. just getting the job done. thank you for being here. >> thanks a lot. >> we will see you. >> i'm a state representative here in new hampshire. i want to tell you i was very impressed, number one by your track record and number two by your speech. >> well, thank you. what is your name? >> governor, governor -- baltimore is my favorite place. i go down to the soundgarden -- >> soundgarden? >> is this being recorded? >> yes, this is c-span. >> he is right there. >> [indiscernible] >> yeah? oh, i don't drink. here is what i want to say to you --
in my political exploration, i , i would tryess to figure out, and i asked conservatives, show me a country that has the principles you espouse and show me their success. and of course, they can't because that is pakistan. so, i appreciate your speech, because it is all about success. >> thank you. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> [indiscernible] >> thanks a lot.
i loved seeing your dad. [laughter] thanks a lot. >> [indiscernible] you were great. that was a great speech. >> it was great to look out and see you there. we can do a lot of things together with the people, you know? >> the people need to hear this. [indiscernible] you need a nation's test. >> nation test? >> great job. great job, great speech. >> nice to meet you. >> i love your waterfront there. it reminds me very much of baltimore. we were not offered the same challenges you were offered, however, so i am impressed with what you have done.
i wish you well. >> thank you. >> see you later. >> [indiscernible] thank you. >> i am actually the head of the university of maryland alumni club here in new england. we had a big day today. >> yeah, we had a big day. >> the alumni association, we are going to come and speak again. my company shop -- i appreciate that everything that you could do. my friends at the university. and i'm actually the head of the head of the alumni club here in
maryland. i appreciate you coming to our state. >> that is great. >> when you come here, whatever i can do to be a help. my company -- i work out of -- i appreciate everything that you do in the state. every one of my friends in the university appreciates your leadership. >> we are doing good things. is more about the commercialization -- >> i have heard that there has been a polite push. they can't get down on state dollars. i understand the biotech part. i appreciate it. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you. what our road to the white house 2016 coverage continues now with wisconsin congressman and 2012
republican vice president nominee all ryan. he was the keynote speaker at a birthday party fundraiser. for iowa governor terry branstad. this is about 20 minutes. >> hey, everybody. it is nice to be back to see everyone a few. this is our first time back since the campaign, and i wanted thank you so much, but the sons the asian -- but the pronunciation, we say wisconsin through the nose. wisconsin. it has been a year. a lot has happened. jen and i got to come, see old friends, see good memories. maybe we should come back and do this more often. people are really friendly here, i tell you.
i got this invite for the event in the mail and i thought the mustache thing was pretty interesting. at first, i thought it was an invite from dr. phil. seeing that this is terry's birthday, i wanted to bring something from wisconsin that i thought was appropriate -- [applause] a little slice of wisconsin with some branstad on top. the packers are pretty popular in iowa, correct? [applause] more so than the vikings, i would like to think. yeah, ok, maybe not. sorry. i also want to sit here -- as i look out, i see three people. i want to talk about terry a little more.
i see a guy that has been a workhorse where i work, in congress. i see tom latham who has been working hard. he is one of those guys who's in there fighting every day for the conservative common principles between us, wisconsin, and iowa. i want to thank tom for what he does in congress. send him back. he is one of the hardest working guys we have. i also want to talk about our good friend chuck grassley. we have been seeing a lot of each other recently because we are on the budget committee together. we make the same argument and because we keep making the arguments we do not have -- we are not where we need to be right now. chuck and i think it is not the government's money, it is your money, the taxpayers who sent it in the first place. [applause] i want to thank chuck for all he has done. this is a man who has so much respect among congressional republicans.
chuck grassley, thank you for your service. we are indebted to your gratitude. some people say that presidential campaigns are wrong -- rough on families. that they are rough, they are ringers. that is not the experience that jenna and my three kids have. we had a delightful experience. some of the good memories we had were traveling with tim reynolds through iowa. we went down to clinton, iowa, where jenna's mom is from. they had in the kitchen in pencil where jenna and her three sisters as she grew up -- the homeowners kept that there. is that not good iowa cultural values or what? [applause] we are excited about march.
one of jenna's distant relatives is going to have a statue in his honor put in the capital this year. this is a state that not only shares the same kind of values but a state that we have great memories with. i want to thank each and every one of you. i want to thank kim, tom, chuck, and all the iowans that it so much for us the last campaign. we didn't quite deliver, but on behalf of mitt and myself, thank you very much for everything you did for us. thank you very much for that. we appreciate it. [applause] we are not here simply to
celebrate your governor's birthday. we're here to celebrate your state's success. look at what success stories we have right here. terry branstad and kim reynolds came into office over a little more than two years ago. they came in with a split legislature, huge deficit, high unemployment. sound familiar? but look at what they faced. they faced all these problems and look at what they have done. iowa is running a surplus. your unemployment rate is down. they passed the biggest tax cut in history. these are leaders -- this is a man who did not have to do this. he served his state honorably. he served it well and then went and served in another venue, and higher education. he saw liberals come in and do things to a state that he didn't like. so what did he do? he stood back up and went back at it to fix his state and he is done that.
that is an example that is wonderful that people in washington can learn from. thank you, terry branstad, for doing this. for this leadership. thank you for putting the uniform on again and getting back in the game and scoring some touchdowns. by the way, did you see the wisconsin-indiana game today? he put principle ahead of pride. he has put prudence ahead of pride. people in washington can learn a lot. i don't know if you have noticed this, but obamacare has had a couple of hiccups.
we were told we had to pass this bill in order to find out what was in it. well, here we are. i seem to recall -- maybe tom can jog my memory here. one of the guys who is fighting hard for this law was bruce braley. this law is doing real harm to real people. it is taking people and disrupting their lives. millions of people are getting cancellation notices. families are seeing premiums go up. the crowd that brought us this website where they had three years to prepare, $500 million to spend, is the same crowd that is poised to take over 16% of our economy -- the health care sector.
president obama said he did not know any of this stuff was going to happen. he said that he had no idea that these problems were coming. we had kathleen sebelius come and say that everything was ready to go. here is the issue -- if you outlaw the kind of insurance people actually have, they won't be able to keep those plans. they passed a law three years ago to outlaw the kinds of insurance that people have in -- and they are surprised that people don't have them? we talked about that in the 2010 elections. we talked about it in the 2012 elections. we heard all of the soaring rhetoric and all of these problems and now we see what is happening. the way i see it, there are only two explanations. either they were being dishonest or they are just incompetent. frankly, i don't know which one is the worse.
i think the left -- i think they are learning a pretty valuable lesson here. i think the valuable lesson that we are learning here, unfortunately, with all the human collateral damage with the obamacare debacle is that you don't shut out the opposition. you don't cram a bad bill into law. and then when it all blows up in your face, i'm sorry is not going to cut it. that is the lesson i think they are learning. so, the next time you have a famous politician coming through iowa, breezing through the towns talking about big government -- let's be a little more skeptical.
you know, when you take a look at the arguments that were made to sell this law, they were attractive arguments. when i look back at this campaign and believe me, it was a tough loss. it was tough for all of us. we were in a funk for a good six months because we knew the stakes. we knew what we were going to do. we know what we believe. we know what needs to happen to get things done. it did not go our way. that is obviously very frustrating. as i look back at the campaign, i think one of the problems that mitt and i had was arguing against big government in theory. obama passed his program in the first two years of his presidency, and they did not take effect until this year, things like dodd-frank and obamacare.
we are realizing is that the results are nothing like the rhetoric was sold on. this was not always cracked up to be. i wonder if people who know now what they know if they would retire these people again. -- rehire these people again. what do you think? when you take a look at these issues honestly, that is where i think we have a chance. this is where i think we have a real opportunity. we are no longer looking at big government in theory anymore. we are seeing big government in practice. we are seeing these issues as they come forward and we don't like it.
i'm not talking about we as republicans, but americans. everyone. what we have to do is we have to show the country that we are not the opposition party but the proposition party. we have to expose these ideas for how hollow they are but we also have to show who we are and what we believe in. i tell you what -- we still believe in the american ideal in this country. we still believe, as our founders did, that our rights come before government. we still believe that if you work hard and play by the rules in this country, you can get ahead. that's the american idea. we still believe in that american dream but the problem is, millions of people don't see it. they don't know they have a crack at it. they don't think their kids will be as well off as they are. i think we understand something that the left does not understand. the people who are really
focused on selling big government understand. we understand the american people don't want comfort -- they want dignity. obamacare is just the opposite. i remember all the debates. we were in all the debates and they said, it is a new government-granted right. the government decides how we get that right. who, from where do we get that right? that is what we are seeing with this health care law. we are seeing choices go down, prices go up, and we have not even begun to see what will happen to the hospitals and the providers.
i think next time people will be more skeptical. we are seeing big government in practice. although they have made it easier to expose these ideas, we have to do even more to make sure they understand who we are and what we believe in. unlike the left, we need to have an mandate that is an honest mandate. we need to have honest victories so we can recess at the american idea. we look at this, we are confident in our ideas. we know what fiscal responsibility actually looks like. all you have to do is look at terry branstad. don't spend money don't have, and if you are, get it under control. don't wait for the government to tell you what to do.
don't tell the government tell you what doctor you have to go to. that should be you making that decision. we want all those health care providers competing against each other for our business, not government favoritism. we know what tax reform looks like. stop picking losers and winners in washington. lower our taxes for families and businesses so we can keep more of what we earn. [applause] the way it works these days is that you have really high tax rates. nine out of 10 businesses in iowa and wisconsin pay their taxes as individuals. the top tax rate now because of obamacare and the other obama taxes is 44.6%. you know what it is on canada? 15%. 25% in china. going to 20% in england. if you save your money to
washington but do some things that we in washington approve of, you we will let you yet some of it back. i have a better idea -- keep it in the first place. you decide what you do with it because it is your money. [applause] that is what real tax reform looks like. we also know what a real war on poverty looks like because it is not the one that has been waged for the last 49 years. next year is the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty. $15 trillion spent on it and the highest level of poverty ever. washington has gummed up the works. the idea of upward mobility is slipping farther away for people who have not seen in generations. we can do better than that. we can restore america as the party of equal opportunity to show how these ideas prevail.
we have had a government in theory. a lot of people voted for that. we have had in practice. it does not work. it is a fatal conceit, to borrow his works. we have these examples. look at what terry branstad has done here. if we follow these examples, if we highlight our ideas, we are going to do this. this is why i am optimistic. this is why i think we're going to turn things around in the state and country because we now know what is going to take -- it is going to take people of courage, conviction, people like terry branstad. by the way, give chuck somebody else -- [applause]
i have every confidence that we are going to do this. this is a packed room of people who care about their country that are here to thank the governor for what they have done for you. you know what? i am not going to sing a song like that wonderful young man who sang in the beginning of the program here. if they told me by singing "happy birthday." 1, 2, 3. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday dear terry ♪ happy birthday to you [applause] let's hear it for our governor.
happy birthday. >> thank you. what's coming up next, "washington journal" is next. later, president obama speaking to reporters thursday about the health care law and the possibility of people keeping their canceled insurance plans for another year. >> a starter with teddy roosevelt, i knew so much had been written about teddy, but i needed another story. i got into taft knowing they had been friends, had broken apart
in 1912. when i figure out what was the difference between the two in their leadership, it was teddy's public leadership, taft hosey failure as a public labor -- taft's failure as a public leader. they played a signal role. even the best historians writing secondarily will say these people were the vanguard of the progressive movement. then i started reading about them. i knew about william allen white but i did notl, know about muckler. >> roosevelt, taft, andy mc rackers tonight with the "bully gooit" author doris kearns dwin. on "washingtonxt journal," the future of the health care law with american prospect intervening editor paul and staff writer michael warren. then patrick lawson of the -- discussingwson
iranian nuclear program. then ken feinberg looks at the life and legacy of the john f. kennedy. "washington journal" is next. ♪ host: good morning, congress is back in session. the president is decade -- is spending much of the week in the white house. on wednesday he will give the medal of freedom award to bill clinton. it is the debate over the affordable care act that is expected to -- the headline in "the new york times closed quote -- -- "the new york times" -- we are going to begin with a